Welsh cyclist Becky James takes Pendleton's GB spot

Becky James

Welsh cyclist Becky James has been tipped as Olympic legend Victoria Pendleton's Great Britain successor after being promoted to the top level of funding for the the 2016 Games.

James joins Geraint Thomas, Lewis Oliva, Sam Harrison, Luke Rowe, Elinor Barker and Paralympians Mark Colbourne and Rachel Morris on GB's top roster.

Team GB performance director Dave Brailsford said: "It's exciting to see Becky James progress... and fill the big gap that Victoria Pendleton left when she

Sprinter James, 21, missed the the 2012 London Games at which Pendleton underlined her status by winning gold in the women's keirin because of injury and illness.

As expected, Thomas, who followed up pursuit gold in the 2008 Beijing Games with another in London, continues at the top level of funding.

Likewise Elinor Barker, 18, a gold medalist at the track World Championships in Glasgow in 2012 and again in Belarus in 2013, remains among the premier tier.

Paralympian Colbourne, another gold winner at London 2012, keeps his podium backing.

Welshman Brailsford said: "We continue with a strong squad of podium riders, all of whom we believe have medal potential."